New Fruitier In Town!

Get healthy with veggies!

The days are now longer and our waistlines are generally bigger too, thanks to dark days and comfort-eating.

It’s time to ditch the stodgy foods and treat our bodies to an infusion of vitamins and nutrients from crisp fresh salads and immunity-boosting veggies.

Evidence shows there are significant health benefits to getting at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day. That’s 5 portions of different fruit and veg in total, not 5 portions of each. A portion of fruit or vegetables is 80g.

The 5 A Day campaign is based on advice from the World Health Organization (WHO), which recommends eating a minimum of 400g of fruit and vegetables a day to lower the risk of serious health problems.

Recent research has shown that dozens of vegetables pack a particularly big nutritional punch. Sneaking them into your daily diet couldn’t be simpler.

Here are our top 5 veggie faves:

Carrots

Carrots are full of vitamin A, which helps with vision — especially at night. Enjoy these root veggies raw, shredded in salads, or blended in smoothies.

Broccoli

Broccoli gets its healthy rep because it’s low in calories and high in micronutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K. Eat it raw or steamed versus boiled to reap a bigger nutritional bonus.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms can help with cognition, heart health, and disease prevention. Swap ’em in as a replacement for meat — studies suggest it will positively affect body weight and overall health.

Spinach

Spinach has tons of vitamin A (over half of the recommended daily amount in a serving!), which helps boost and enhance our immune system — so make like Popeye and add this leafy green to your diet on the regular.

Cauliflower

If you haven’t already gotten in on the cauliflower craze, it’s not too late to join. Swapping spuds for cauliflower is an easy way to sneak in extra vitamin C, potassium, and plant-based omega-3’s to your meal.

The Fruit Shop at Longton Exchange is your one-stop-shop for fresh, local produce.

Pop in next time you’re in Longton and say hi to Dave who has recently taken over the store.

It’s a local gem!

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